Re: Pronouncing "gigabyte"; TAKE A STAND!

Subject: Re: Pronouncing "gigabyte"; TAKE A STAND!
From: "Craig Haggart, Accelerator Ops" <haggart -at- SSRL01 -dot- SLAC -dot- STANFORD -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 1994 02:39:59 PST


OK: hard G, please!

I use the prefix "giga-" every day, as do the technicians and engineers
around me. The only time in my life that I heard anybody utter "jiga-"
was in the movie "Back To The Future."

> It's "jigabyte," dammit, and don't let anyone tell you
> otherwise! I am not making this up.

Both pronunciations are listed in my dictionary. As always, usage will
decide; my money's on hard G. Ask any English-speaker who deals with
equipment operating in the microwave range to pronounce "gigahertz."

-Craig Haggart
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lab at SLAC
Menlo Park, California
(haggart -at- slac -dot- stanford -dot- edu)

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